Rebels’ ‘best test’ to make statement

By Parrish Alford
Daily Journal

OXFORD – Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze was pleased with his team’s work Friday morning in advance of the Rebels’ second major scrimmage of August camp.

There was little depth chart movement this week, and today’s scrimmage will be an opportunity for some players to make a statement.

“I think that is the best test. The coaches are off the field, and they have to adjust to every call and formation,” Freeze said.

Earlier this week junior Aaron Morris moved back in front of senior Jared Duke at left guard.

There was movement at wide receiver, as freshman Laquon Treadwell was inserted with the first team after the injury to Vince Sanders in the first week.

There has been bit of a competition at No. 2 quarterback as senior Barry Brunetti and freshman Devante Kincade have been splitting reps there.

A number of different players have seen first-team reps at defensive end, but that’s been due mainly to freshman Robert Nkemdiche and junior C.J. Johnson being limited to be as healthy as possible in the coming days.

Another position to watch is running back. Senior Jeff Scott is the clear No. 1. With I’Tavious Mathers missing time now with an ankle sprain and freshman Mark Dodson out earlier this week with a thigh bruise, Jaylen Walton has staked a claim to be Scott’s primary backup.

Mathers and Walton are both sophomores.

Meet the Rebels
Ole Miss fans can “Meet the Rebels” this morning at the school’s indoor practice facility.

Doors open at 11:30 a.m., and due to on-going construction, fans are asked to enter through the building’s south door or through Gate 31 of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

The latter choice will allow fans to see some of the recent renovations and to walk through the Rebels’ game-day tunnel.

Merchandise and concessions will be on sale.

Fans will be limited to two autographs per person and will not be allowed to take photographs with players and coaches. That’s been a long-standing policy and is not connected to the on-going stories of alleged autographs for pay by Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.

The Rebels will compete in their second major scrimmage of camp just prior to fan day activites. The scrimmage is closed to public and media.

parrish.alford@journalinc.com